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Hudson Library
554 Main St.
P.O. Box 430
Highlands, NC 28741

Fax: 828-526-5278

Librarian: Jennifer Crowley

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Open five days a week, Highlands' Hudson Library serves the area's full-time and seasonal residents with...

• Latest best-sellers

• Movies, music, CDs & tapes

• Free internet access

• Comfortable reading area

• Great children's space

• Information center, wireless internet

• Magazines & newspapers

More about the library

Library Closings


The library will be closed for training on Monday, Friday, September 26. Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.




New Librarian Named at Hudson


Jennifer Crowley has been named the new Hudson Librarian, succeeding Mary Lou Worley, who retired from the position at the end of March.


Jennifer comes to Highlands from Western New York, where she worked at the Fayetteville Public Library. She grew up in the small community of Ellicotville, near Buffalo. She received her BA in history and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Library Science from Syracuse University. While there, she worked as the assistant to the President of the American Library Association, Barbara Stripling. As an ALA member, Jennifer is committed to staying up-to-date with state and national library organizations, technology, reference services, and emerging trends in public libraries.


After visiting Western North Carolina earlier in her life, Jennifer developed a love for these mountains. She made the more than 800-mile move here along with her two cats, Ponyo and Gracie. A confirmed animal lover, she also adopts house rabbits and is looking forward to getting a dog. In her spare time, she says, she is looking forward to planting a new garden: “I have been gardening vegetables all of my life (I grew up on a farm), but I love working with annuals and perennials.”



Community Coffee


In collaboration with Town of Highlands, join us for coffee and an open public discussion with Mayor Patrick Taylor. Each session will feature issues of concern to the town and its citizens, presented by the mayor himself and a variety of organizations. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Dates: Friday, July 25th


Snakes Alive


"Snakes Alive" with Ron Cromer at the Highlands Conference Center, brought to you by the Hudson Library. Places are limited; please call the library at 828-526-3031 to register! This event is free and open to the public.

The first half of the program will be a presentation and a discussion of various topics including dispelling common myths associated with snakes, the proper way to hold a snake, pattern identification, an overview of a snake's anatomy and characteristics, and how to react to snakes found in the wild.

The second half of program provides more opportunities for additional experiences, including a "hands-on" session allowing those interested to hold the snakes. The participants will learn about the characteristics of poisonous snakes, feed and iguana, and experience a snake's awesome ability to swallow a fish or an earthworm.

Upcoming Dates: Friday, July 25th at 2:30pm


Author Julie Williams


Julie Williams will be presenting an entertaining PowerPoint speech telling the Titanic story as her great-uncle told her, followed by the part he never told anyone -- the part he kept secret. Julie Williams is the author of A Rare Titanic Family which has won the 2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award, given to authors whose work has helped to preserve history. The book is based on the firsthand account of the Titanic as told to her from her great uncle, Albert Caldwell.

Ages 12 and up. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Community Meeting Room at Hudson Library

Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, July 30th at 3:00pm




Free Movies At The Library


Movies are free and projected onto an 8 x 10 ft. screen using and LCD projector.


Due to Production Studio guidelines the library may not include movie titles or studio names in its advertising. Please call the library for movie titles.



Third Wednesday in the Month - 2:00 pm. English subtitles will be turned on for all films as a courtesy to those with hearing difficulties. Donations are always welcome. Popcorn will be served; feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.


First Wednesday in the Month
– 3:30 pm. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Children's movies are all rated G or PG. Donations are always welcome. Popcorn will be served; feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.




Child on ComputerJust for Kids

Hudson Library has a kids library that’s separate from the adult section, with lots of books and four computers for children through middle-school age.

During the week, there are special programs for preschoolers and home-schoolers.

Check out the amazing dragon puzzle table in the children's room/ It was completely handmade by architect Paul Schmitt.


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  Sat 10 am - 4 pm
  Sun Closed  
  Mon Closed  




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